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As aliens and strangers we should be living differently. This should be obvious to the world around us. In what ways are we to be free to live and serve this world?
The scriptures remind us often that while we are citizens of cities and nations here on earth, true believers have their true citizenship in heaven. This message explores why it is so important for us to maintain this perspective.
1. Our Government and the Sovereignty of God ● God reigns sovereign over the nations, and has established every authority that exists, for His glory. ● We should obey our governing authorities, as part of our obedience to God. 2. The Role of Government and the Kingdom of God ● God establishes governments to serve the people: promoting peace and justice, and punishing evil. ● Government cannot bring about salvation, for the kingdom of God is not of this world. ● Government should protect, religious freedom, but should not compel religious beliefs. ● Government & our culture need the influence of the gospel, and the church needs the weakness & foolishness of the cross. 3. Following Biblical Examples amidst Modern Day Issues ● Fear God like the Hebrew Midwives and care for the widow & orphans. ● Be a peacemaker like Abigail and courageous like Queen Esther. ● Be humble and uncompromising like the prophet Daniel. ● Embrace Paul’s evangelistic and pastoral heart for people in need. 4. Living as Salt and Light in 2012 ● Give thanks for our country and put our hope in the Lord. ● Acknowledge & repent of our sins. ● Be a “Learner” of history and different cultures. ● Be inspired by and follow godly examples. ● Speak evil of no one and be devoted to good works. ● Pray for authorities and all people. ● Live faithfully in “Babylon” as we await the New Jerusalem.
In the world, politics can start a fight. Unfortunately, politics can also start fights (sometimes we prefer to call them "debates") among those who claim to be a part of the Kingdom of God. What are we to do about this? Well, since all Christians claim the Bible to be authoritative, perhaps looking at some foundational truths will be helpful. While this sounds simple, it is often overlooked or assumed. With that in mind, and building upon last week's reality that The Church is by default political, this week we will look at some undeniable - and biblical - truths when it comes to politics. Also, please download or view the "notes" of this sermon as well; it contains many of the verses mentioned and will help you to follow the flow of this teaching/sermon. As always, if you are blessed by this - please pass it along. If you have questions, would like some clarification, or if this sparks some thoughts not covered in the sermon itself (of which there are many), please let me know. The Church cannot afford to not be political (and yes, I used a double-negative) - after all, God shows us the "good news" (gospel) is political.